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Power aid for district

Nanise Loanakadavu
Sunday, October 14, 2012

THE District of Namosi will soon have electricity thanks to the Namosi Joint Venture (NJV).

NJV has paid $23,909.20 to the Fiji Department of Energy to provide electricity to the district of Namosi in Namosi province.

In a statement it says the amount represents the "total required village contribution" for the supply of electricity to the Namosi district as calculated by the Fiji Electricity Authority and Department of Energy.

Under the Fiji rural electrification program, government contributes 95 per cent of the cost, while the community pays 5 per cent.

The NJV was approached by the Namosi Provincial Council and the turaga ni koro of the five Namosi district villages to assist with their contribution.

NJV Country Manager Greg Morris says they decided to cover the full community amount, as access to electricity was critical to ongoing development.

"In developing our guidelines for community assistance, we have consistently heard from villagers about the challenges they face without electricity and power supply," Mr Morris said.